2018 may be behind us, but it was undeniably one of the most unique and exciting years of movies in recent memory. Let’s reflect on the movies everyone just had to tell their friends about this year, and even the ones you may have missed but want to catch up on before Oscar season.
Honorable Mentions: “Vice”, “Ready Player One”, “Searching”, Bumblebee”, “Eighth Grade”, “The Favourite” “Incredibles 2”, “Black Panther”, ”Avengers: Infinity War”
- Sorry to Bother You
A offbeat and original sci-fi comedy that offers a fresh take on the current climate of racism and capitalism.
- Game Night
Dark at points, clever, and driven by Jason Bateman’s and Rachel McAdams’ key relationship dynamic, “Game Night” continuously ups the stakes of its crime comedy plot to a satisfying and twisty finale.
With one of the best comedic ensembles of the year, “Blockers” is a boldly funny romp that tackles teen struggles in a fun and relatable way.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Triumphing with a slick story and dazzling animation, the movie departs from traditional superhero story points using a diverse cast of characters and an abundance of humor.
- Mary Poppins Returns
Carried by Emily Blunt’s turn as the title character, “Poppins” is a delightful, surprisingly exhilarating ride that successfully captures the spirit of the original like few movies since.
Led by John David Washington (son of the famous Denzel) and Adam Driver in a winning supporting role, the film has full grasp of its comedic tone yet sometimes pitch-black subject matter regarding boiling racial tensions in the 70’s.
A slow burn that raises the tension slowly and begins to devolve into dread before climaxing in dark chaos, making it one of the most effectively scary films I’ve ever seen with a phenomenal turn from Toni Collette.
- Green Book
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali have the bromance of the year, no contest, as an unsophisticated Italian American driver and the eloquent black virtuoso pianist he must accompany on a concert tour of the Deep South with, in a film with focused direction, hilarious writing, and a heartfelt yet poignant message.
- Bohemian Rhapsody
Entertaining from start to finish, Rami Malek commands the screen as Freddie Mercury in this effectively epic Queen biopic featuring dynamic and mutually complementing performances of the band members an a winning ensemble.
- A Star is Born
With some of the most towering performances of the year in Bradley Cooper (also directing) and Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born” viscerally and emotionally showcases the highs and lows of fame and love like no other film this year.